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Old 06-09-2015, 11:51 AM   #1
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Okay guys - I'm totally lost on this one and don't have a picture to help you help me!

I was fishing in Kees Bayou again yesterday, which is anywhere from 1 to 6 feet depending upon where you are. Yesterday, I saw something swimming out of the bayou and I'm guessing it was passing through an area about 2 feet deep when I saw it. It had a tall and very unusual dorsal fin sticking way out of the water - which I'm confident occurred because the water was shallow enough to force the fish to the surface.

This was not a shark or porpoise or sailcat dorsal fin, it was a standard "webbed" dorsal fin like you might see on most standard fish. However, what made it unique to me was that there was at least 4 or 5 inches (tall) of fin sticking out of the water and blowing in the strong breeze and the part sticking out of the water that I could see was not very long (maybe 4 or 5 inches) with a noticeable drop off thereafter (almost as if what I was seeing was the entire dorsal fin!)

The fish surfaced twice on it's way out of the bayou, just enough for me to see the fin each time (but not the fish), and then I never saw it again. I cast a baby mullet lure ahead of him but apparently did not get his attention.

Any ideas on what that could have been?

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Just a shot in the dark...... Tarpon?
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Just a shot in the dark...... Tarpon?
My guess too -

Did it roll when it suface (gluped air) ?
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Black Drum.
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:11 PM   #6
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Thanks guys.

I've looked up pictures of Tarpons and Black Drums and the Tarpon's dorsal looks very close to what I saw yesterday. The dorsal fin that I saw did not come to any type of point on the top - it was pretty flat with a very slight slope from front to back and a very distinct end (as opposed to a slight slope that just kept going down toward the tail.) It was moving pretty slow and I sensed it was part of a pretty large fish.

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My guess too -

Did it roll when it suface (gluped air) ?
No roll - just a fin...
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Skip jack maybe or small Tarpon
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Agree with King Crab, if by "skipjack" he means ladyfish. They're all over the place this year. In schools...as is common, they do exactly as described. A slow roll mostly. Like lounging on the surface. Dorsal fin usually fairly flat (guessing the older ones ), but sometimes erect.

Seen this so much lately, I stopped thinking small shark and automatically cast to when nothing else biting, and hook up a ladyfish.
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Those silly manatee's like to play shark alot.....I bet it was one of them!!!
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